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Victim targeted for transgender? Or 'outing'?

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - An Albany transgender person is fearing for the safety of her family after her son was shot Sunday night. Bozz Tutie believes she was the intended target of the violent attack.

Albany police have not made any arrests in the second of three shootings this weekend. One of the victims in the Sunday night shooting believes her gender identity was the reason the house was shot up.

Bozz Tutie has generated buzz over the past week, 'calling out' men on a Facebook page.

"So I would expose them. One of the guys that I exposed, he called me and was threatening me talking about if I put his name up there, he was going to do this and that to me, but I didn't take him seriously," said Bozz Tutie.

Fast-forward a week later and Bozz Tutie's house was shot up and had windows broken with bricks.

Tutie was outside just before it all happened. "I ran and closed the door and locked it because I have dead bolts on my door, and I told them to get down. And that's when we heard glass shattering, and I told my son to get down, and he fell in the bathtub."

Tutie remembers about five or six shots going off, one catching her son, but knows she was the real target, and it wasn't random.

"I feel like all this is retaliation, and they need to be charged for the things that they are doing. Because if they do it to me, they'll do it to the other gays in the community," said Tutie.

Bozz Tutie fears for her family's safety, and did not want to put them in danger.

"I am who I am. I'm happily married. I can't help because guys approach me. I'm me. It is what it is."

Now that the threats are real, Tutie will stay somewhere safe until police arrest the shooter.

Police have interviewed Bozz Tutie, and it's not clear what was reported to them, but they are following all leads in the investigation.

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